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Martinsville rain delay was ‘a huge blessing’ for Chase Briscoe

Chase Briscoe. Credits: NASCAR, Getty Images.

Stewart-Haas Racing’s Chase Briscoe thinks that the weather delay at Martinsville has helped him work more on the car.

Last weekend’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Martinsville got affected by rainy weather conditions as Saturday’s event had to be postponed to Sunday after less than 50 laps covered. Chase Briscoe, for whom that had been his first Cup Series race at the Paperclip, spoke about how the delay affected his momentum and concentration.

“I don’t feel like it’s too hard,” Briscoe told ASN Motorsports. “Especially, in today’s kind of climate of no practice, we kind of do that every week, we just show up and go. We weren’t really that far into the race.”

Cup Series machinery differs very much from the one in the Xfinity Series, so Chase Briscoe is still in the process of getting adapted to the new Ford Mustang. The no.14 car driver emphasized that the weather delay had helped him learn more about the car as well as regroup and reflect on the opening part of the race.

“For me, I felt like that rain delay was a huge blessing just because it finally allowed me to get out of the car, look at data, go home at night, sleep on, think about what I needed to be doing differently. Even go back and watch the first 40 laps of the race and that’s something that I haven’t been able to do all year,” he said.

“So for me, it was big. Obviously, rain delays aren’t ideal, but for a rookie, I felt like it was a huge advantage that would help me just kind of shorten that gap between the rest of the field,” he added.

Chase Briscoe went on to finish 27th at Martinsville on Sunday and would start 26th at Richmond.

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